Joe Gideon & the Shark
An extraordinary debut arrives just as spring begins to bite. Former members of Bikini Atoll, Joe Gideon and his sister Viva generate a guttural electric blues (‘Harum Scarum’, ‘Johan Was A Painter And An Arsonist’, ‘DOL’), but when they cast aside the Cramps/Blues Explosion/Gallon Drunk inclinations and embrace an unlikely kind of soul music, the duo really soar.
The album’s four or five talking blues story-songs, rendered in Gideon’s rough, compelling and somewhat Antipodean tones, are nothing less than stellar. Exhibit A, the driving vision-quest monologue ‘Civilization’, in which the protagonist leaves the flat ...